Basketball fans in Nigeria would witness female basketball on a whole new level as league sponsor Zenith Bank Nig. Plc on Wednesday said N24.6million has been provided to sponsor this 2018 edition.
This was announced during a media parley in Lagos with representatives of Zenith Bank and the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
Akin Ogunranti the Deputy General Manager of Zenith Bank, who represented the Group Managing Director Peter Amangbo, made it known that the company was proud to support the league for the last 14 years.
He added that the company was happy to announce to the public their plans to back the National Women National League set to tip off on October 28.
He said: “Over the past 13 years Zenith Bank Nig. Plc has sponsored NBBF/Zenith Bank Women’s National League as part of our contributions to society and youth development.”
“This is our core Corporate Social Responsibility which also has come a long way with a partnership with the NBBF since 2005, beginning with just four teams and now has grown to 19 teams. We are indeed delighted that our intervention which has continued to yield a tremendous result in the areas of women youth development.”
According to Ogunranti, the profile of women basketball in Nigeria has improved significantly due to the support from sponsorship and contributed in no small measure to the discovery of many talents many of whom played in the league.
He added that the bank was indeed very happy to host the historic senior national women’s team, D’Tigress, that won the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket held in Bamako, Mali.
He also disclosed that Zenith Bank also contributed financial support for the D’Tigress team that competed in the just concluded FIBA World Cup in Tenerife Spain.
Meanwhile, NBBF Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade, said that Zenith Bank for the last 14 years had continued to show great support for the development of basketball in Nigeria.
“Our kudos go to the Bank for doing all that they have been doing over the years; we appreciate them for what they have done. They have continued to support female basketball in Nigeria for the last 14 years and look forward to many more years of partnership”, Ogunade said.
Oguande who represented NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida, said that the competition with 21teams competing for honors will be played simultaneously in two conferences, the Atlantic (Enugu) and the Savannah (Abuja) conference.
The competition will run from Oct. 28 till November 2 where three teams from each conference will qualify to play in the National Finals holding in Lagos from November 3rd to 7th.
The winners from each conference and first runners-up will represent Nigeria at the FIBA zone 3 Women’s Champions qualifiers.